How to use Instant Checkmate

Instant Checkmate pulls millions of public records into one easy-to-read background report. Discover criminal records, find contact information, uncover social media profiles, and more.

These quick and simple videos show you how to use Instant Checkmate.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Instant Checkmate Safe?

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State and federal laws give you the right to access public records data. All the information in our reports comes from government public records.

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Is Instant Checkmate Free?

Instant Checkmate members pay a monthly fee. As long as you're a member, you get unlimited access to background reports 24/7.

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Instant Checkmate's Member Care

If you need help, our US-based member care center is open Monday through Friday 7am-7pm PST. Customer service team members can help customers in Spanish from 8am - 5:00pm PST. (Holiday hours may vary). Our customer service team will be happy to help you.

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Instant Checkmate is proud to provide a high-quality product. Our members can run unlimited searches on almost anyone in the United States. Sometimes, those searches can reveal surprising information.

“I could go here and find out friends' background history and sometimes I would just search family for the heck of it.....and boy was it something.” -Cathy C

“This is the site I use to get enough information to search the rest of the web for all the hidden little secrets nobody wants anybody to know.” -Lark W

“THANK YOU I found out using this service about six months back that a guy I was dating had domestic battery rape of a minor on his record and much more.” -Katie C

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About Instant Checkmate

Founded in 2010, Instant Checkmate was designed to help people stay safe

Instant Checkmate’s founders wanted to help people learn more about their online dates before meeting up in person. That idea quickly evolved into Instant Checkmate today: a powerful people search engine that turns data from United States public records into simple background reports.

With an Instant Checkmate subscription, you can find your father, uncover a date’s criminal past, discover unexpected facts about your neighbors, and more.

Our Standard Reports reveal comprehensive data like email addresses, phone numbers, location history, social media profiles, DUI arrests, criminal records, and more. For more detailed information, Premium Reports are available for a small fee.They can include properties owned, weapons permits, evictions, and more.

The team of web developers, writers, and designers behind Instant Checkmate is always working to improve our product. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, reach out to us anytime. Click here for our contact information.

DISCLAIMER: You may not use our service or the information it provides to make decisions about consumer credit, employment, insurance, tenant screening, or any other purpose that would require FCRA compliance. Instant Checkmate does not provide consumer reports and is not a consumer reporting agency. (These terms have special meanings under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq., ("FCRA"), which are incorporated herein by reference.) The information available on our website may not be 100% accurate, complete, or up to date, so do not use it as a substitute for your own due diligence, especially if you have concerns about a person's criminal history. Instant Checkmate does not make any representation or warranty about the accuracy of the information available through our website or about the character or integrity of the person about whom you inquire. For more information, please review Instant Checkmate Terms of Use.

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